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Error "A device attached to your system is not functioning" when copying files

I am trying to copy mp3 files from my Sansa m240 to my computer. Sometimes this works and sometimes I get the error message "A device attached to your system is not functioning". I can still delete files from the m240 but not copy to or from. I'm beginning to regret buying this device, and judging by the problems many are having, I don't think I'm the only one. Thanks

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  • Geoff Stilwell
    Geoff Stilwell Apr 06, 2007

    Dinoza,

    I have tried both the Auto and MSC settings but nothing makes any difference.

    I don't even get an error message anymore. When I try to copy anything to or from the device it just sits there with the copy animation showing but no progress happening.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks
    Geoff

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Try this: click menu button then go down to settings and click on it. Then go all the way down to USB and change the current setting (either Auto or MSC). Try it now and let me know if it works. Please rate this post. Best, D.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007

  • Dinoza
    Dinoza Apr 17, 2007

    Sorry refiner. I don't have any other idea.
    How about posting your question again so it comes up again as unsolved...

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